Jenn from A Simple Haven and I are exploring what it means to live purposefully in a world that bombards us with a million good things. Online, the message seems to be that we can do it all. The truth is we cannot do everything.
We’re two moms on a journey toward being ok with this and fully embracing the season of life that we’re in–with all of its joys and limitations.
Once a month, we’ll share about our crafting fails, what we’re currently saying “yes” and “no” to, and the beautiful reality of daily life. Will you grab a warm cup of something and join us?
We had grabbed the beads in a rare free hour. That time just before supper on a Saturday and the dads were home to wrangle the children. We browsed, picking strands of pretties and running them through our hands, holding them up to our ears or around our necks. We finally made our decisions, selected the twine and made plans to put our ideas to work later that week.
She came over with her two littles in the bright, bright sunshine. I spread a blanket out and brought all that I thought we would need. I had the big camera to document our morning of creating new bracelets while we sipped coffee and our littles played together. Cue all kinds of foreshadowing. I forgot to brew coffee until my dear friend reminded me that coffee would really hit the spot. I brought it out hot for her and iced for me (since I forgot about having coffee with her and had some hot earlier and clearly I needed two cups on that day) and a random assortment of crackers and fruit to entertain the hungry littles.
I went off a picture I pinned ages ago on Pinterest. Simple twine and pearls knotted together. I liked the juxtaposition of the materials. She went all out, knotting and threading beads on. It looked nice.
I snapped a few pictures. I tied a few knots. I put a few beads on a string. And then took them off again. I stared way too long at the tiny picture on my phone trying to determine if it was a four or a five strand bracelet.
The littles were hungry. They all wanted the same toy. My littlest ran as free and as fast as she could which isn’t a smart choice since we live by two roads. We reminded them to share, we kissed scraped knees and we threw balls with them when nothing else would do.
And at noon, we declared a truce with the children and creating and packed it all up.
I put all my materials on top of the fridge, fully intending to bring them out one evening when our schedules were free at the same time to finish our creations together in a quiet, uninterrupted environment. It just didn’t happen.
Until one day when naptime didn’t happen at all for my big girl, I pulled the beads out and in an effort to direct my big-little girl’s energy, we threaded beads onto strings. I knotted and threaded and listened to her talk to me. She was so happy to have one-on-one mummy time and I was so happy that I said yes to her and closed down whatever I was working on. I knotted and threaded and listened and measured. I tied my bracelet on my wrist. And then I leaned across the table and tied a bracelet on her wrist. I made another small version for the little sister who woke up with crazy curly bedhead and a huge smile at her new bracelet.
I said yes to going to the playground. I said yes to bringing the baby dolls. I said yes to them being so very little and so very energetic.
I wear my knotted pearl bracelet as a reminder to embrace these days, these chaotic days of busy children and little quiet time. These days when its special just to drink coffee with a friend, crafting times will come later. These days when my girls smile so big and wear their bracelets, just like mummy.
And, my friend’s bracelet? It’s lovely, all blue and brown beads knotted and threaded around her wrist.
What deeper lessons have you learned from a Pinterest project gone imperfect?